There’s a new C-Class in town and it comes with the option of unlimited headroom at a flick of a switch. With the arrival of the A205 C-Class Cabriolet, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) now has a new addition to their C-Class range to complement the existing W205 C-Class Sedan and the C205 C-Class Coupe.

The C-Class Cabriolet made its world debut six months ago with a range of diesel and petrol engines, but for the Malaysian market the C-Class Cabriolet follows the Coupe range with three variants: the C 200, the C 250, and the C 300. Retailing from RM359k, the C-Class Cabriolet is currently the only mid-size cabriolet on sale here, since BMW stopped selling the F33 428i Convertible.2016-mercedes-benz-c300-cabrio-launch-malaysia-20

QUICK FACTS

NameMercedes-Benz C 200 CabrioletMercedes-Benz C 250 CabrioletMercedes-Benz C 300 Cabriolet
Engine1,991cc; turbocharged 4-cylinder, DOHC
Transmission9G-Tronic Plus
Max Power184 hp @ 5,500 rpm211 hp @ 5,500 rpm245 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Max Torque300 Nm @ 1,200 – 4,000 rpm350 Nm @ 1,200 – 4,000 rpm370 Nm @ 1,300 – 4,000 rpm
0 – 100km/h; Top Speed8.2 seconds; 235 km/h6.9 seconds; 244 km/h6.4 seconds; 250 km/h
Price (OTR without insurance)RM358,888.00RM388,888.00RM443,888.00

EXTERIOR

If you love the Coupe, most likely you will fall all over the Cabriolet as well because both of them look identical apart from the roof. The Coupe’s tin top has been lopped off and replaced by a black fabric top. You can also have the roof in dark red, dark brown, or dark blue, but you need tick the option for the multi-layer acoustic soft top which offers better cabin insulation when the roof is up.2016-mercedes-benz-c250-cabrio-launch-malaysia-1

Standard on the C-Class Cabriolet are 15mm lower suspension than the sedan, 18-inch wheels, and LED headlamps, but if you upgrade your Cabriolet from C 200 to C 250 you’ll get the AMG Line exterior and LED Intelligent Light System with Adaptive High Beam Assist Plus. Meanwhile the C 300 gets a bigger set of 19-inch alloys along with the items fitted on the C 250.

INTERIOR

We’ve seen the beautiful interior in the W205 Sedan, the X205 GLC, and the C205 Coupe, but this time you can extend the headroom on demand. Opening or closing the fully automatic roof takes 20 seconds, and this can also be done on the move at speeds up to 50 km/h. Once the roof is down, the boot space also goes down from 360 litres to 285 litres.2016-mercedes-benz-c300-cabrio-launch-malaysia-22

Different variant gets different upholstery and trim finish. Black piano-lacquer look with longitudinal grain aluminium trim and Artico leather upholstery are featured in the C 200, while and the C 250 gets the same trim but with leather upholstery. The C 300 also gets leather upholstery but it gets the open-pore black ash wood trim instead.

The Audio 20 infotainment system with Garmin Map Pilot as well as the touchpad controller are standard on the C 200 and the C 250, but the C 300 gets DVD player, Comand Online, Burmester surround sound system, Air Balance active perfuming system, and an analogue clock.

PERFORMANCE

The engine range follows exactly what the tin-topped siblings offer, but the familiar M274 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo is mated to the 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic instead of the seven-speed transmission. Power outputs are 184 hp and 300 Nm on the C 200, 211 hp and 350 Nm on the C 250, and 245 hp and 370 Nm on the C 300.2016-mercedes-benz-c300-cabrio-launch-malaysia-17

The C 200 takes 8.2 seconds to get from 0 to 100 km/h; the C 250 takes 6.9 seconds and the C 300 does it in 6.4 seconds. Fuel consumption range from 7.1 l/100 km in the C 300 to 6.0 l/100km in the C 200.

WHAT ELSE?

Pricing starts from RM358,888 for the C 200 Cabriolet, RM388,888 for the C 250 Cabriolet, and RM443,888 for the C 300 Cabriolet, so there’s about RM50k premium over the C-Class Coupe. So which one would you rather have, the Sedan, the Coupe, or the Cabriolet?


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Mercedes-Benz C 250 Cabriolet

Mercedes-Benz C 300 Cabriolet